Dark Harvest – Year of the Demon 2012

The re-telling of one of Class Act’s most successful productions, Dark Harvest is a seat gripping supernatural thriller set in Kentucky at the turn of the century.  Who is the young priest that turns up at the orphanage?  Was it by chance, or prophecy?  You will hold your breath more than once in this story of good versus evil.

Perhaps the most expensive play to date, Dark Harvest had the audience gripping their seats. With a fantastic set and with brilliant lighting, sound and special effects, the play brought the audience to it’s feet. Another huge success for Class Act.

DARK HARVEST –Grimsby Telegraph  review


Dark Harvest simmers lanquidly, like the deep American south in which it is set, reaching a raging climax racked with frightening tension.  The year is 1895; the location a remote rundown farmstead where Miss Martha (Nicola Law) runs an orphan house and harbours deep suspicions amid her bible belt neighbours.

Whenh Father McCall arrives (Tom Toth), accompanied by 6 orphans, he quickly suspects that things are not as they seem, while she believes that he is ‘the one’ as foretold in an ancient prophecy.  As this supernatural thriller unfolds, there is much talk of darkness and the beast.  Just when you have it all worked out, writer David Wrightam – like a magician – catches us unaware by introducing the unexpected.

One thing you can expect from a Class Act production is an exemplary theatrical experience and Dark Harvest is no exception.  Everyone’s ability to maintain the convincing southern drawl  was particularly noteworthy.   Nicola Law establishes a commanding presence on stage, a hard external shell that masks an inner softness, but crucially sets the dark undertones.

Tom Toth admirable rose to the challenge of the young priest who questions his faith and delivered a gripping performance during his decisive moment.  Meanwhile, the Reverend Pilcher (Josh Maioha) presented us with a menacing character with darkness running through his veins.

All supernatural thrillers are reliant on special effects to create tension and atmosphere.  Those responsible building the set, designing the lighting and orchestrating the sound were as much a part of this successful play as those on stage. Don’t miss it.

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